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Confronting the Spirit of Gluttony (Prayer)

Stop-Binge-Eating-Night-EatingDo you know what Sodom’s sins were? You probably just thought about a particular sexual sin.

While that is true, it is not the complete story.

When speaking of Jerusalem’s idolatry, the prophet Ezekiel said of them:

Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me; therefore I took them away as I saw fit (Ezekiel 16:49-50).”

Did you notice that pride was listed first, with food indulgence after that?

You might ask, “What is wrong with being full of food?”

While nothing is wrong with eating to satisfaction, the Sodomites ate to excess as a lifestyle.

As a result, they became self-absorbed, indulgent and lazy. They were consumed with sensual pleasures.

They did not care about others, spending their time and resources only for themselves, not helping the poor and needy around them.

I believe the story of Sodom is a cautionary tale for believers in Christ today.

Some say that gluttony is the most accepted sin in the church.

Our attitude seems to be, “Lord, I’ll give you everything – but do not touch my food!”

However, for our mission’s sake, we must confront the spirit of gluttony that is rampant in the church.

Think about this: At the end of our lives, do we really want them to have been about eating “tasty treats?”

We are each called to make a positive difference in this world, to glorify our Lord in body and spirit! Jesus said in John 15:8:

“By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”

This is the fruit of God’s spirit – evidence of His work in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

This fruit grows in our lives as we renew our minds to God’s word and yield to the Holy Spirit’s leading in our actions in every area, which includes in our eating habits.

If we are not becoming more loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, abounding in goodness, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled with each passing year, something is wrong with our Spiritual growth.

1 Corinthians 6:12 gives us wise guidance:

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

The Lord wants only good for us. He does not want us under the power of any habit that hurts us.

Gluttony and drunkenness are frequently linked together in the Bible – and that’s not good.

These habits destroy our health and interfere with our ability to think soberly and make wise decisions.

They also leave us more vulnerable to enemy attacks. 1 Peter 5:8 advises us:

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

The spirit of gluttony is a seductive one because it promises an escape from life, a release from pain. However, as we overindulge in devouring food, the enemy is busy devouring us!

We become a rest stop for a wicked spirit.

As a Believer, we are called to be in the world but not of the world. The wisest thing to do is submit our pain to the Lord for healing in a spirit of humility. As He heals us, we can restore food to its proper place and get on with our Father’s business!

To confront the spirit of gluttony, you must also confront the deceptive foods in your life. Deceptive foods are those that seem harmless to you, but when you eat them you find that they hijack your brain!

When your brain is hijacked, you lose self-control, binge, and become emotionally unstable.

To avoid following the pattern of the Sodomites, let us confront the spirit of gluttony in our lives and cast it out.

Here is a prayer for you to use:

“Heavenly Father, you promised that if Your people, who are called by Your name, will humble themselves, pray, seek your face, and turn from our wicked ways, you will hear from heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land.

I thank you for giving me such a great and precious promise by which I can escape the corruption in the world and affect our nation!

I am Your child, the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ. I humble myself in this prayer, recognizing that I serve One greater than myself. I love you and you deserve all of me. My body and my spirit belong to You. Jesus bought me for You at a high cost indeed.

I am living to hear You say those wonderful words once I cross the finish line: “Well done, good and faithful child. Enter into the joy of your Lord.”

My Savior, Jesus Christ, is my compassionate High Priest. So I come to you in Jesus’s name, confessing my sin of gluttony. Lust for food has captured me. But I do not want to be like a Sodomite. I do not want to be selfish, so focused on indulging my flesh that I ignore poor and hurting people around me.

I renounce the spirit of gluttony. I take any thoughts captive in my mind that deceive me into thinking that gluttony is harmless. It is not harmless. It hurts me and it hurts others who are counting on my help. It is a wicked habit, a destructive habit. It destroys my health and keeps me trapped in a cycle of shame and guilt.

You don’t want me to live like that. Jesus came to set the captives free. I qualify! I repent Lord. I change my mind about this habit. You hate this habit as much as You hate drunkenness and I hate what You hate.

Open up my eyes as to what this habit has cost me, what it is costing me now, and what it will cost me in the future if I don’t change this now.

Lord, teach me Your way so that I may walk in Your truth daily. Your word is truth. Lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies. Gluttony is my enemy. Show me the foods that are hijacking my brain. Give me courage to kick them out of my life and replace them with foods that taste good but don’t hijack my brain.

I submit all emotional pain to You for healing, Lord. Help me regain emotional balance so that I put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

I know that You love me, Father and want what is best for me. You’ve begun a good work in me and will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.

Each day, I hold on to Your unchanging hand. I trust that You will lead me in paths of righteousness for Your name sake. I will delight myself in You and You will give me the desires of my heart.

My heart’s desire is that You heal me and heal our nation so that the people in our land turns their hearts back to You.

Amen.

An intolerable habit will remain in your life as long as you are willing to tolerate it.

Resist the enemy in this area and he must flee!

Be blessed in health, healing and wholeness,

Kimberly Taylor

Author of the Take Back Your Temple program

P.S. Has sugar hijacked your brain? I know the feeling.

I struggled with emotional eating and food addiction for over 20 years. Sugar was my drug of choice. It led me to overeat my way up to 240 pounds and a size 22.

But God set me free with the truth. His way is change from the inside out!

I developed the Take Back Your Temple program, which includes the 14-day Sugar Detox Challenge, to show you how you too can experience freedom from food addiction. Once I got free from food addiction, I dropped from a size 22 to a size 8.

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  • Cindy says:

    Wow! This was so powerful for me. I am going to read this prayer everyday out loud. I am humbled by the love, grace, and mercy of our Lord.

  • Wendy says:

    Kim,
    Thank you so much for the time you take to post truth about the sin of gluttony. I look forward to your writings all the time. Thank you again because your words from God’s word encourage me and help me to persevere when I want to throw in the towel and eat eat eat.

    • Karen says:

      Kim I am very grateful for your encouragement. I know my over eating is a sin against our Lord and against my or body. I am so tired of being overweight. I pray I will put forth the effort and resist the devil in this fierce battle. Your words of encouragement have given me the push I need.

    • Hi Wendy – the Lord never gives up and you, so you should never give up on yourself! He’ll never leave nor forsake you. Have confidence in this!

    • Judy says:

      Yes, you don’t hear this preached in Church. It needs to be preached often. Gluttony is one of the accepted sins for Christans.

  • Yasmeen says:

    Thankyou Lord for your faithfulness and unconditional love. Thankyou Kim for the wonderful prayer on gluttony. I said it out loud and received his healing. I can’t imagine how I just slipped into over-eating slowly and didn’t even realize how I was gaining weight. Your powerful prayer and insight is so healing,encouraging and enlightening . I Thankyou Lord for your love for me endures forever .

  • Kristi says:

    I am so thankful for your program and this article. I have felt myself slipping back into old “habits” which are really strongholds in my life. I renounce gluttony and laziness in Jesus name because His name is greater than my sins name… I thank the Lord for you, Kim, that you put His truth out for us to see so we can drag this nasty sin out from hiding and be done with it! What a wonderful Christmas present to give our Lord…

    • Thank you so much, Kristi. I’m thankful our Lord is about restoration, not condemnation so any time you stumble, He is there to help you get back on the right track.

      • Mary joy says:

        Hey Kimberly I was having some potato chips and then read your email. God is right on time to give us what we need and to help us.
        I realized if I kept eating from the bag it would be gone. I felt a Knudge in my spirit. I knew it was God and I also! knew if I kept eating I would feel terrible. I prayed asked the Lord for help and put the bag away.
        Thank you for rescuing me! You are such a blessing and to know we are are never alone in our struggles and temptations!

        • Kimberly Taylor says:

          You are welcome, Mary. We all have to know the situations in which we are vulnerable and take steps to keep ourselves on track. May God bless you on this journey!

  • Freedom says:

    Your writings, wisdom & advice is so encouraging, so timely & so necessary! Soooooooo many people would benefit from this program. I pray God will give you greater exposure & that you’ll be granted favor to even partner with weight loss programs. When I consider people that believe Gastric Bypass Surgery is their answer, I immediately think how the person most likely will be unable to maintain their weight loss. You don’t kill a tree by cutting off the limbs, you have to lay the axe to the roots. Attacking symptoms doesn’t bring deliverance, destroying roots in Christ Jesus does. Thank God for you & Take Back Your Temple! May God expand your territory!

  • Judy says:

    Thank you for this enlightening article. This needs to be preached OFTEN in all Churches. It is never preached about. It is certainly one of the Churches most prevalent sins. My previous pastor used to brag a bout how much he could eat of taco bell food. He loved it. I John 2:15 says we are not to love the world or anything in the world……..He was leading his flock to believe it was ok to love & worship food. You are truly an inspiration to me, Kimberley

  • Jules says:

    Powerful words and concepts and an even more powerful God we serve than our sinful indulgent at times nature. May the body of Christ grow in the grace and truth and fruits of the Spirit as well as you said. Powerful things to think and pray about and live out. Thanks for sharing!

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      You are welcome, Jules – may we all leave in the promises, peace, and freedom God has in mind for us in this area.

  • Susan says:

    Thank you for sharing this! Telling God to not mess with my food has been my mindset for many years. The Scripture you used here pierced my heart and soul! I don’t want to leave this earth with people saying she sure liked to eat those treats. I’m praying God will hear my heart and heal this life long sin.

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      Hi Susan – you have my prayers. The enemy wants us to remain stuck where we are. But God is not a God of condemnation but restoration! He knows exactly what it will take to lead you to the right road for your health and strength to finish well in Him. Ask Him what the next step is that He wants you to take and He will show you.

  • Leah says:

    This has been on my mind all weekend. I’m just grieved by the amount of food surrounding us and the “okay” stamp we place on indulging throughout the holidays. I don’t know how to address it with my sisters and brothers in Christ but I do know I can address it with myself and my kids. After feasting for thanksgiving yesterday I felt the need to fast today and repent and plan to do so again tomorrow instead enjoying yet another thanksgiving celebration. My heart is broken over this. Your email was timely.

    Much love — Leah

  • Rhonda says:

    Most overeating becomes a stronghold in our lives. The stronghold stems from a lie we have believed over a period of time. For example, If I believe that I’m unworthy because of parental psychological abuse, then I not only start building a fortress around myself, but I also start trying to comfort myself with vices, food being one. We have to become vulnerable before God, realizing we can’t do it in our own strength, but let Him work in us, from the inside out. Praying that He will show us the lie we’ve believed about ourselves and asking Him to show us how to pull down the stronghold.

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      Preach Rhonda! So true. That’s where the renewing your mind comes in, believing what God says about you above what the enemy says and allowing Him into wounded dark places where He can shine the light and bring healing. Thank you for your comment!

  • Nikki says:

    I praise God for this post and am about to check out
    Take Back Your Temple Program! Thanks.

  • Rita Shatley says:

    This is an amazing truth! Thank you for opening my eyes.

  • Kim, GREAT WORK HERE! Thank you so much for your commitment to uncovering gluttony as a secret/overlooked sin in the church. This is a huge problem in the body of Christ and it’s something I struggle with myself.

    Shared your post on my group page for men looking to break free from food addiction/obesity. Thanks!

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      Praise God! Thank you for your desire to help me conquer this issues in their lives. We can overcome through the grace of God!

  • Jessica Davies says:

    Hello Kimberly,

    I have decided to turn away from gluttony and eat to live. I want to rely solely on God and not comfort food for temporary satisfaction. It is so true that when you have excess weight gain, shame and guilt will come into play and that can result in low self esteem. I didn’t like how my body looked for a long time and I would pray and do all the fast weight loss diets as well. But I realized I had to change within and ask God to give me the strength so I can learn to have self control and peace. It is so rewarding now that I’m no longer a slave to food. I feel so free . Thank you for this empowering message . God bless.

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